Ector and Midland Counties Extend Burn Bans

ECTOR COUNTY - The threat of more grassfires force Ector County Commissioners to extend their burn ban.

They voted to extend it for another 30 days, and they're adding more restrictions.    

You can no longer burn your trash outside.

West Odessa Fire Chief Jimmy Ellis says burning trash has caused the majority of grassfires in the conty.

Ector County has been under a burn ban since November.

MIDLAND COUNTY - Midland County is also extending their burn ban for another 90 days.

The ban includes no trash burning, and no controlled burns.

If you live in the county you are still allowed to bar-b-que, and welders can keep working.

Commissioners will reassess the situation at the end of April.

Fire officials in both Midland and Ector counties agree it will take a significant amount of rain, to make a difference in the extremely dry conditions.

The Permian Basin remains extremely dry and the fire danger remains high.  Last week, 9000 acres burned north of Midland and caused evacuations and State Highway 349 to be closed.

We will have complete details on the burn bans coming up at 5 and 6 on NewsWest9.